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Ancient Wisdom

Mystics through the ages have long alluded to an underground stream of esoteric knowledge largely hidden from public view, and generally unavailable in published texts. Drawing on his experience with the oral teachings of Kriya Yoga, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism, this six-part webinar by Ray Grasse explores a variety of key insights from the great mystery traditions. Ray Grasse studied for 15 years with teachers in the Kriya Yoga tradition, and studied under John Daido Loori at Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York. He's also studied with such well-known figures as Joseph Campbell, Chogyam Trungpa, Manly Palmer Hall, and Namkai Norbu. He worked on the editorial staffs of Quest Books and the Quest magazine at the Theosophical Society for 10 years, and is author of The Waking Dream (Quest Books 1996) and Signs of the Times (Hampton Roads 2002). His websites are www.raygrasse.com and www.raygrassephotography.com

Presented on September 17, 2015.

Many people have the sense that spiritual life and daily life are fundamentally separate. This way of seeing the world is an inheritance from both religious and secular thought. The Ageless Wisdom tradition describes the human being as both spirit and matter linked by mind. Its teachings provide a means to live in a way that harmonizes these very different dimensions of our being.

 

The Theosophical Society has the unique role of being a responsible Keeper and Sharer of the Ageless Wisdom, especially during periods when civilizations are in decline, government institutions are in decay, or societies slide perilously into violence. By the preservation and public sharing of the sacred teachings, they are enriched by contemporary experience and become relevant to the lives of entire communities, as modern Theosophy.  

The 2016 School of Theosophy in New Zealand was directed by Dr Pablo Sender, assisted by Michelle Sender.

The focus was to look at the Theosophical Society tradition which has developed a wealth of teachings about the spiritual life that constitutes a distinctive system of yoga.  This path is particularly relevant for today's world since it is not meant to be trodden in retirement but in the midst of our daily life.  Some of its prominent practices are study, meditation, purification, self-observation and service, all of which stimulates a holistic unfoldment of our physical, moral, mental and spiritual nature.

The following sessions were explored in detail:  (Videos will be added as they become available)

1 - Definitions & Foundations

Meaning of the words ‘Yoga’ and ‘Theosophy’.  Foundations of the theosophical approach to the spiritual life.

This 6-part series of "At Home with Theosophy" by Pablo Sender explores selected chapters from the book "The Ancient Wisdom" by Annie Besant, a work that presents the basic tenets of Theosophical philosophy in an accessible way to provide a sound foundation for further knowledge.
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